Agenda and minutes

St. Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee
Thursday, 11th July, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: All Saints Community Centre, New Road, Mitcham, CR4 4JN

Contact: Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer, Tel: 020 8770 5937 | Email:  Cathy Hayward, Committee Services Officer, Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:


No. Item


Welcome and introductions


The Chair, Councillor Annie Moral welcomed those present.



Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Nali Patel and Hanna ?uchowska 



Declarations of interest


There were no declarations of interest.



Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 2 May 2019.




that the minutes of the meeting held on 2 May 2019 be agreed as an accurate record.



Public questions

This item is an opportunity for members of the public to raise points or questions about local issues that are not already on the agenda.

If you wish to submit a question prior to the meeting, please send it to at least 5 workings days in advance and we will endeavour to obtain a written response for the meeting. 

Please be aware your question and name will be published in the minutes of the meeting.

Indicative timing: 15 minutes



Residents at the meeting were invited to ask questions.


A local resident asked about air quality in relation to the contract with Viridor, how the ERF incinerator may affect air pollution and effects on the health of residents.


Members referred to the improved technologies in incinerators, resulting in lower pollution levels than emitted by older incinerators, drawing attention to the need to dispose of rubbish and suggested that use of an ERF is a more environmentally friendly method than landfill.   


Local residents expressed concerns about the fire at the ERF today, and if the Council has emergency arrangements in place if a more serious incident happened. Members reported they understood that no one had been hurt and that the matter was being followed up by the police.     


Local residents gave examples of locations where verges and trees are overgrown due to inadequate maintenance by the contractors which caused issues for people using footpaths, and that reasons for fast growth being due to recent weather had been given in previous years. It was noted that service roads often do not belong to the Council and that the landowner should be approached if there are concerns at these locations. The Chair informed attendees that if the locations where there are concerns, which are on Council land, were provided to the ward Councillors they would provide an answer for residents.



Update from the safer neighbourhood teams

An update on the three ward priorities in the area, and community safety issues.


Indicative timing: 20 minutes


PC Mark Harper and Sergeant Dan Ellen provided the presentation.


The Officers explained that St Helier has been allocated as a priority ward and police are working to reduce anti social behaviour, including the use of section 35, reporting that the team are now at full strength.


The Police Officers confirmed that face to face ward panel meetings would take place again in the future. A further ward walkabout has been arranged which will take place at the David Weir Leisure Centre in September which would be better advertised than the recent event.    


In discussion the officers explained what they are able to do to reduce speeding in roads in the area and that residents should inform the police if they are aware of the locations of particular concern.



Parking Strategy Update pdf icon PDF 126 KB

The Parking Programme Manager will give an update on the Parking Strategy consultation results and next steps.



Indicative timing: 90 minutes


Additional documents:


The presentation was provided by Mark Johnson, Parking Programme Manager and Ian Price, Team Leader Strategy & Commissioning, Highways & Transport.


The programme in this area has now reached the formal stage, the Traffic Management Order, which would be open for consultation and comment for 21 days from 4 July - 25 July 2019.


In discussion the Parking Programme Manager explained that letters had been sent to all residents in geographical area 1, public events arranged, social media and website information provided so that information has been available to residents who do not have access to the internet and those who prefer to use online methods of communication. Any resident who would like to speak to The Parking Programme Manager can do so by visiting the Council’s Denmark Road offices (it is better if they make an appointment prior to coming to the office). Residents are also able to contact the Parking programme manager by email -


It was noted that if a parking schemes was approved in any area all residents in the area affected would be written to, to provide information and explain the process for obtaining permits.   


Residents asked questions and the Parking Programme Manager provided information about issues including: arrangement for parking for visitors in areas where there were CPZ or PPAs, the issue of parking by hospital staff and college students in residential areas, carers parking,  parking across dropped kerbs, displacement parking if nearby roads become permit roads, using short term (1 or 2 hour) restrictions, pricing for permits including emission based charges for permits, disabled bays within permit areas, areas of pavement and road parking.    


Issues were raised that those with older cars which often have higher emissions are the least able to afford permits and that permits would be priced in bands by emission level. 


The Parking Programme Manager reminded attendees there were 12 days remaining for people to complete the consultation.  



Local Implementation Plan Schemes 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

This report outlines the proposed schemes for inclusion in the 2020/21 bid to Transport for London (TfL) in the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Area. These schemes will be included along with other schemes from the five other local committees to form the Borough’s annual submission.


Indicative timing: 30 minutes



Hitesh Wadher, Senior Engineer presented the report.


The Senior Highways Engineer explained that all schemes would follow the usual consultation processes which would include residents.


A resident expressed concern that the scheme at Goat Road had taken so long to reach this stage, acknowledging the issues as the junction was on a boundary between Sutton and Merton.       




that the proposed schemes, listed in the table in paragraph 4.7 of the report, be included in the submission to TfL in November 2019 for the 2020/21 programme be agreed.



Public realm projects and priorities and Neighbourhood Grants pdf icon PDF 114 KB

The Locality Lead Officer to present a report to the Committee outlining new public realm schemes for approval and updating on the progress of current schemes.

Indicative timing: 5 minutes



Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer presented the report.


There were no further questions.



Recommendations tracker pdf icon PDF 81 KB

The recommendations tracker allows committee members to monitor responses, actions and outcomes against their recommendations or requests for further actions. This is updated following each committee meeting. Once an item is completed it will be removed from the tracker.


Indicative timing: 5 minutes




Claire Smith, Locality Lead Officer presented the report.


A resident agreed to email the Senior Highways Engineer explaining concerns about the Hackbridge Station junction.



Any urgent business

To consider any items which, in the view of the Chair, should be dealt with as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances (in accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972).


There was no urgent business.